The biggest target of the trade deadline is likely on his way out of Seattle. Now, it’s a matter of where and for how much. Signing Lee to an extension will be one of the biggest sticking points of his trade process, especially because he will command a significant raise from his current $5.5 million salary. Teams after Lee will have to invest in the bank in addition to prospects.
Teams Interested: Mets, Twins, Reds, Angels, Rangers, Yankees
What It Will Take: The Mariners want a legit catching prospect that will produce at the plate. That puts the Yankees in the driver’s seat because they have Jesus Montero and Austin Romine, but the Yankees must weigh whether the prospects of another $15 million-plus pitcher this offseason coinciding with the futures of Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez.
The Twins have Wilson Ramos to dangle out there while the Reds and Rangers have the arms to possibly get a deal done. The Mets will likely put the full-court press on in a couple weeks with a package focusing on Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores and likely another outfield prospect. Don’t sleep on the Reds who could jump in with a deal focused on first baseman Yonder Alonso.